Click one of the buttons below to view the latest publication.

BEARDEN

FARRAGUT

KARNS/
HARDIN VALLEY

SOUTH KNOX

HALLS/
FOUNTAIN CITY

NORTH/EAST

POWELL/
NORWOOD

UNION COUNTY

Marble City Opera celebrates new performance, fourth birthday

Kelly Norrell
Features columnist

Marble City Opera has new reasons to celebrate.

The city’s chamber opera company that performs mostly in small, innovative spaces is about to unveil a new production. “The Stronger,” a one-act opera about two women who spar in a tavern, will be at Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, May 18-19. Seating for a special dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., and the performance that features sopranos Julia Metry and Denisha Miller will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, with dinner separate.

And, Marble City Opera is about to turn four years old. The feisty startup company that began in 2013 as a way to make opera more accessible celebrates a birthday in late May. It has a solid track record in Knoxville, under artistic director, co-founder and singer Kathryn Frady and new general director Brandon Gibson. It has staged sold-out productions of “La Traviata,” “Chocolate and Wine,” “Amal and the Night Visitors,” “Sweets by Kate” and many more in creative venues like bars, historic homes, churches and other spaces that match the story setting.

Continue reading

UT official gets $80,000 raise

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Ryan Robinson, the new vice chancellor for communications for UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport, receives a significant pay boost moving from assistant spokesman for the Athletics Department to the Chancellor’s office on May 17. He jumps $80,000 from his current $145,000 a year to $225,000.

This is more than double what the communications directors for Knoxville and Knox County make. It far exceeds the going rate for media people in the East Tennessee area. Why is UT doing this? The answer will be it is consistent with comparable positions in other universities. Many do not agree with that argument.

Continue reading

Reporter’s notebook: Mangled trees and the return of an old political hand

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

What, oh what to do about the Alice Bell Park Tree Massacre? Weeks after a privately hired landscaping crew whacked major limbs off flowering trees in the park, city officials are having a tough time figuring out how to remedy the damage.

There’s been a lot of correspondence between Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association president Ronnie Collins and city officials, but the matter is still unresolved. Collins’ first email was to urban forester Kasey Krouse, who said he’d already investigated the matter and learned that the culprits were landscapers hired by Amigos Restaurant, the park’s next-door neighbor.

Continue reading

Cornerstone Foundation closing

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The Cornerstone Foundation here in Knoxville, headed by former city director and attorney Laurens Tullock, is closing its doors on Sept. 4 after operating 20 years. The Foundation has been funded by Rodney and Dell Lawler.

The announcement stated that Cornerstone, which has funded many projects in East Tennessee impacting downtown development, disadvantaged kids and community leadership development, was never meant to be permanent.

Continue reading

With the Tuskegee Airmen

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Local man looks back at changing times

One of the things Chester Bragg remembers about Dec. 7, 1941, was wondering what was happening to his brother Raymond. Chester was only 15, and had no clue that Pearl Harbor would begin something so big that it would swoop him up three years later and land him with one of the most famous fighting units in American history.

Continue reading

Kitchen 919 to replace The Orangery

Kelly Norrell
Features columnist

Kitchen 919, a restaurant that celebrates Knoxville’s southern foothills cuisine, will soon launch at the 5412 Kingston Pike building once occupied by The Orangery, which closed last June.

Knoxville chef Deron Little, proprietor, said the name of the new restaurant reflects everyone’s favorite part of home and the ZIP code of the neighborhood. The proprietor of Seasons Innovative Bar and Grill, Little and his son, Drake Little, will run Kitchen 919.

Continue reading